Public Reading of the Scriptures in the 1st Century Synagogue

This paper seeks to understand that various customs surrounding the public reading of the Scriptures in the 1st Century Synagogue. Did the early Synagogue utilize the three year cycle of readings (triennial) or was the one year cycle (annual) already in place in the pre-destruction era? What about the haftarah (prophetic) readings? Through researching these questions, Hegg shows that the weight of evidence leans toward a triennial cycle being used in first century synagogues. This may shed light on various aspects of the study of the Apostolic Scriptures.

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